Accelerated BSN Track FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the ABSN track.

When are the ABSN track start dates?

With three start dates each year — in January, May and August — the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) accelerated nursing track for second-degree students makes it possible to start studying to become a nurse sooner.

What are the ABSN track admissions requirements?

You must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to meet the admissions requirements for our accelerated track. Additionally, if you haven’t already taken the prerequisite courses, you will need to take them to be eligible for admittance. Nursing students are also required to submit to a criminal background check and obtain CPR and First Aid certifications.

Do I need to complete the prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN track?

To be admitted into our accelerated nursing track, each of the prerequisite courses must be completed with minimum GPA of 3.0. These courses provide important background knowledge you’ll need in nursing school. Keep in mind that you may have already taken some or all of the required prerequisites, depending on your prior degree.

What type of student performs best with this accelerated learning format?

An ABSN track is not for everyone. Ideal accelerated nursing students are highly motivated, organized and driven. While you will have a set lab and clinical schedule, completing the online coursework by the deadlines is your responsibility. For this reason, many Accelerated BSN students swear by their personal calendars. Also critical to your success? A willingness to ask for help when you don’t understand something.

Our dedicated instructors and faculty are here to help you succeed and will go out of their way to assist you; however, they aren’t going to chase you down if you’re struggling. Successful nursing students take the initiative.

Can I work during the Accelerated BSN track?

While there is no rule against working while enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word ABSN track, it’s not recommended. Nursing school, and especially an accelerated track like ours, can feel like a full-time job, as it requires a great deal of time, energy and hard work.

How much does the ABSN track cost?

For complete details, see our tuition breakdown.

Is financial aid available for Accelerated BSN track students?

Paying for nursing school is always a concern for students. When you talk to an admissions counselor, he or she will discuss how to pay for school, including funding options available to you and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Have a question we didn’t answer here? Contact us today to learn more about how you may be able to earn your BSN in as few as 16 months through UIW.

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